Emergency warning sirens accidentally activated

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Another false alarm sounded Wednesday, Sept. 18, as emergency warning sirens were mistakenly set off, this time by the Honolulu Police Department. 

There was no emergency. We’re told it was a training mistake.

At 5:05 p.m. sirens began blaring, our phones lit up here in the newsroom, with people from all over Oahu hearing the outdoor warning sirens blaring.

Nine minutes later the Honolulu Police Department sent out a mobile message on the city’s alert platform stating “False emergency warning activation” and that “there was an accidental activation of the emergency warning siren system.” But the department did not disclose it triggered the alarms.

Another five minutes later, the state Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent out a tweet stating “mistaken siren sounding by Honolulu Police Department. No emergency at this time.”

According to a Maui County spokesperson, “a siren in the Kahului area also was mistakenly activated during the exercise.”

Always Investigating pressed officials for more explanation.

“The Honolulu police dept. activated the siren,” said HiEma spokesperson Arlina Agbayani told KHON2. “They were conducting siren activation test.”

Always Investigating asked: what will the follow-up be for looking into how this happened?

“We will investigate further so hopefully it won’t happen again,” Agbayani said.

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